Not My Will
by Randy Chambers, 2014-08-28
Luke 9:23-24, NIV: Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For
whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me
will save it."
If I were to deny to myself, what would that look like? Jesus denied Himself,
and it meant a life of slavery to God the Father. He counted His rights to
anything from this life as forfeit: "Not my will, but Thy will..." Am I willing to recognize that I must deny myself what I want out of life in order that God's purpose be fulfilled in me? Am I willing to take up my cross daily and follow Him? Jesus took up His cross as one condemned to die. Do I live as though I am on death rowócondemned to die? If so, my considerations are to putting my house in order, seeking God, and loving others while there is time. I do not plug away making for myself a life in this world, for the next world weighs heavy on my mind. "...anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Mt. 10:38). The natural reaction is to begin to question, "But, doesn't God
want me to have..." this or that? God wants our full and complete surrender to
Jesus. In turn, He is able to give you what He wants you to have--and that is far greater than anything we would seek for ourselves.